Adventures in Aguillon #2
Genre: Fantasy, Series
Royal envoys Calarian and Benji embark on a quest in the alpine duchy of Tournel. Things go rapidly downhill when the duke plummets to his death from the tower wall. Whoops—that’s going to be hard to explain. And it’s not as though they can just grab the nearest human and make him the new duke.
Or can they?
Enter one Lars Melker, a slightly gullible cowherd built entirely of muscles and sunshine, who happily accepts their word when they tell him he’s the duke now.
Soon Calarian and Benji are knee deep in teaching Lars how to fake it until he makes it. They’re also dealing with mountain trolls, a monster, a missing cow, and, most shocking of all, a growing realisation that their elves-with-benefits arrangement might be turning into something with feelings.
Add in their mutual attraction to Lars, and suddenly the hills are alive with the sound of emotionally compromised collectivist anarchist elves.
Also, what’s the deal with those leather shorts?
This is a very enjoyable and more than slightly crazy story. I spent most of it laughing, rolling my eyes, and thinking, seriously what the? It’s delightfully tongue in cheek, and although I haven’t read the first book in series, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this one.
The world building is fabulous. I loved the details like elves playing Houses and Humans and the Human Heraldry and Peerage Handbook. It all adds to the fun.
Calarian and Benji are very different characters, and I had to roll my eyes with Benji wanting to take everything down from the inside. So much denial, especially in regard to him and Calarian only being elves with benefits, and their mutual attraction to Lars. I liked how Lars taught them about love, and isn’t the innocent they think he is.
The supporting cast is great, and I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of Gretchen. The Sound of Music references were hilarious, and fitted in disturbingly well. I liked Dave, and am very happy he’s getting his own book.
4 out of 5 stars.